24
Mar
10

KAL brings cartoon diplomacy to the Middle East

UMBC ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE KEVIN “KAL” KALLAUGHER

I have just returned from a 12 day visit to Amman, Jordan and Beirut, Lebanon as part of a strategic speaker initiative sponsored by the US Embassies in the region. During my visit I addressed a wide variety of groups including University students on six campuses, cartoonists, animators, journalists, and civic leaders. Our discussions centered on the opportunities and limitations of political cartoons in promoting freedom of expression. There was great interest in the region in the program particularly in light of the controversial Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

My visit garnered a good bit of media exposure. There were numerous press and television interviews. Links to some of the news stories along with photos and observations from the trip will be available on my blog (www.kaltoons.com/wordpress) in the days ahead.

I also would like to announce the launch of the first KAL iPhone App. Created in conjunction with RevelMob, the iKal-Book is just $.99 and available at the iTunes store. Please see our press release here.

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